No. 25 Baseball Suffers Extra-Inning Heartbreak in Durham
No. 13 NC State scores two in 9th, two in 12th to down Yellow Jackets 7-5
DURHAM, N.C. – No. 13 NC State’s two runs in 12th inning were the difference Friday night as the Wolfpack downed No. 25 Georgia Tech 7-5 in the final game of the ACC Baseball Championship for both teams.
Georgia Tech (36-23) finished the week in Durham with a 1-3 record, while NC State (35-20) finished 1-2.
Friday was Tech’s fifth extra-inning game of the season; the Yellow Jackets are now 2-3 in extra-inning contents in 2016.
Georgia Tech will learn its NCAA postseason fate on Monday during the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship Selection Show beginning at 12 p.m. on ESPNU.
• Georgia Tech went 1-3 during the 2016 ACC Baseball Championship.
• Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 73-56 with NC State, including a 13-12 record in neutral-site games (all ACC Baseball Championship games).
• Georgia Tech is 78-58 all-time in the ACC Baseball Championship.
• Georgia Tech is 17-19 when opponents score first this season.
• Georgia Tech suffered just its fifth loss this season when allowing fewer than eight runs in a game. Tech is 35-5 in such games in 2016.
• Friday was just Tech’s 20th game this season that has lasted three or more hours. Georgia Tech is 8-12 in those games.
• Georgia Tech is 2-3 in extra-inning games this season.
“So other than that, one thing I do want for say is just tip of the cap to the people here in Durham, they do a tremendous job putting this tournament on, and it's a pleasure to play in this ballpark and have our guys get a chance to experience everything that goes on here at Durham.” – Georgia Tech head coach Danny Hall’s post-game comments
HOW IT HAPPENED
• NC State scored three runs with one out in the 2nd to take a 3-0 lead. Brett Kinneman hit a 2-run home run over the blue monster in left to put the Wolfpack on the board. On the ensuing at bat, Chance Shepard hit a solo home run to center.
• All of Tech’s offense came in a 5-run 4th inning. With two on and one out, Wade Bailey scored Tech’s first run on a wild pitch. With runners on the corners, Tristin English hit a 1-out RBI single to right, scoring Matt Gonzalez. Kel Johnson later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game. An RBI triple by Trevor Craport scored English to put Tech on top 4-3. Joey Bart capped off the scoring an RBI single to left to score Craport for the 2-run advantage.
• With two on and two out in the 9th, Shane Shepard hit the would-be game-ending out to center. However, centerfielder Ryan Peurifoy dropped the ball, allowing two Wolfpack runners to score to tie the game.
• In the 12th, Brock Deatherage hit a 2-run home run over the blue monster to give NC State the eventual 7-5 win.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• Junior P Matthew Gorst did not allow an earned run 5.0 innings of relief Friday night. With his performance, Gorst is now Georgia Tech’s single-season ERA leader with a microscopic 0.41 ERA this season.
• Gorst struck out a career-high eight batters.
• Junior SS Connor Justus was hit by pitch for the 12th time – the most by any Yellow Jacket batter this season.
• Senior OF Matt Gonzalez went 2-for-6, giving him 294 career hits and moving him into a 3rd-place tie on Georgia Tech’s all-time hits list.
• Sophomore 3B Trevor Craport recorded his career-first triple.
• Tech’s 5-run 4th inning was its first 5-run inning against an ACC opponent since the Jackets posted a 5-run 4th inning April 23 at Clemson.
• Freshman 1B Tristin English set the Georgia Tech freshman record with 21 doubles.